Lewis Hamilton insists his future in Components One is not going to relaxation on securing an eighth title this 12 months, saying championship success is now not his key motivation.
The seven-time world champion selected to decide to a single-year contract together with his Mercedes group for 2021, that means his future in F1 past the top of the season is unclear.
Talking on the launch of Mercedes’ 2021 automobile, he stated he had not but determined what he would do in 2022 and that his principal motivation now comes from his want to push for larger range in F1.
“I am in a lucky place the place I haven’t got to decide to a number of years, so I selected to have a one-year deal,” he stated. “Then I can see how the 12 months goes and the place we’re at mid-year, or in direction of the top of the 12 months. Who is aware of if we’ll nonetheless be in a pandemic.
“But it surely doesn’t suggest I am not dedicated. I am nonetheless very, very dedicated to the game. What I am actually targeted on, is across the dialogue on this range difficulty.
“It nonetheless stays a difficulty right now and it isn’t going to vary tonight however what’s actually essential is that we are literally delivering and truly taking motion. I am actually happy with my group right here and the steps we have taken.
“That is type of my driving power this 12 months too, to make it possible for we proceed to push for accountability and on high of that hopefully I can ship some good performances.”
Hamilton matched Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven F1 titles final 12 months and has the potential to set a brand new document by securing an eighth this 12 months. However he stated reaching the document wouldn’t affect his choice to stay in F1 past 2021.
“I’ve made an actual essential choice in my thoughts that I do not need that to be the deciding issue,” Hamilton added. “I acquired into racing as a result of I cherished racing. That has acquired to be on the core of what I do.
“If I do not love racing, if all you are going for is accolades, all you are going for is titles I really feel like I might doubtlessly lose my method. In fact it is the last word dream however I do not suppose it’ll be the deciding issue as as to if I keep or hold going.
“It is extra whether or not after I put the helmet on, I nonetheless have the smile after I go away the storage. Final 12 months was a extremely robust 12 months for everybody, together with me. There have been nonetheless some actually impactful moments.
“Will or not it’s the case this 12 months? We’ll see. Will I get pleasure from it as a lot? I am excited now, so I am positive I’ll.”
Talking on the automobile launch, Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff stated he would give Hamilton first refusal on a brand new contract earlier than approaching different drivers, similar to Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.
“The sheer indisputable fact that we’ve had a lot success collectively prior to now and the connection that we’ve, the trustful relationship, will imply that any dialog that we’ve on 2022 and the longer term will first be with him,” Wolff stated.
“The relation, the symbiosis we’ve, is all the time that we’ve mutual understanding of what we need to do sooner or later, and that will likely be additionally the case within the discussions with Lewis going ahead.
“Max is actually an impressive younger driver that will likely be on everyone’s radar sooner or later, however as I stated earlier than we’re not flirting exterior earlier than we’ve a transparent understanding of… with our two drivers.”